Obverse: The Royal Cypher in gold surrounded by an oval loop of rope in silver, tied at the base in a sailor’s knot, the whole surmounted by a Royal Crown in gold.

Reverse: Plain.

Size: 35mm wide, 56mm to the top of the crown.

Ribbon: 38mm wide, the ribbon of blue having in the centre two narrow crimson stripes separated by a broader green stripe.

Suspension: The ribbon is threaded through a 12mm diameter ring, which passes through a loop fixed to the top back of the crown. The ring will move forwards and backwards.

On 6th May, 1985, Queen Elizabeth II approved the creation of this new long service award for officers of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve who have completed fifteen years’ continuous service. The award was backdated to 1st December, 1977. Bars may be awarded upon completion of a further ten years’ service.

Prior to 1985, members of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve were awarded the Royal Naval and Royal Marine Forces Volunteer Reserve Decoration.

Royal Warrant For This Award: View Warrant (PDF document)